The present generation of the Halcomb family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in Holcombe, a very common place-name found in various locations throughout England
. There are Holcombes in Devon
, and Somerset
. The place-name is derived from the Old English elements hol,
which means deep or hollow, and cumb,
which means valley. The place-name taken as a whole means "deep hollow valley."
Early Origins of the Halcomb family
The surname Halcomb was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Halcomb family
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Halcomb Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Halcomb include Holcombe, Holcomb and others.
Early Notables of the Halcomb family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Halcomb family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Halcomb were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Thomas Holcomb who settled in Nantucket Massachusetts in 1630; Andrew and Thomas Holcombe settled in Barbados in 1663; Sarah Holcombe settled in Jamaica in 1664.
Contemporary Notables of the name Halcomb (post 1700)
- Edith Halcomb (d. 1950), American politician, Physician; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Colorado 3rd District, 1918 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html